The expansion project will see the addition of a spectacular 10,000sqm indoor tropical garden in a central concourse.
DOHA - Hamad International Airport (HIA) has revealed plans for its second expansion phase, with the project featuring a spectacular 10,000sqm indoor tropical garden in a central concourse, as well as a 268sqm water feature.
Phase A of the construction is to commence by early 2020 and will increase the airport's capacity to more than 53 million passengers annually by 2022. Phase B, which will be completed after 2022, will enhance the airport's capacity to more than 60 million passengers annually.
The expansion plan also includes 11,720 sqm of landscaped retail and F&B space, which will enhance the multi-dimensional offerings of the five-star airport by integrating world-class art collection and refreshing environment of lush greenery with contemporary retail and dining concepts among other leisure attractions and facilities under one expansive terminal.
HIA will also deliver 9,000sqm of world-class Al Mourjan lounge located above the retail space with dramatic views looking towards the tropical garden. The lounge will include additional spas, gymnasiums, restaurants and business centres as well as other passenger facilities.
Qatar Airways Group CEO, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, said: "The expansion of Hamad International Airport is a vital part of the future success of the Qatar Airways Group, and of course of the country's preparations to host the 2022 World Cup and beyond.
"It is also a strong sign that Qatar's economy is robust and acts as a further economic stimulus, providing excellent opportunities for local and international contractors."
Other significant features include a new transfer area which will help shorten passengers' connection times and will improve their overall transfer experience at HIA as well as the central concourse that will accommodate nine additional wide-body aircraft stands.
HIA expansion will also see the construction of a new cargo terminal that will increase capacity handled to an estimated 3.2 million tons per year. The state-of-the-art terminal is slated to be ready by 2023, and will be a multi-level facility with 85,000 sqm building footprint, across three levels as well as three mezzanine levels providing approximately 323,000sqm of gross floor area.